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Major increase in Russian tourism to Thailand, with 22% rise in 2017

By Svetlana Skarbo
30 December 2017

Russians - many from Siberia - are the highest per capita spenders per visit, more than both British and Americans, say statistics

Picture: Christian Haugen.

Figures just released for tourists to Thailand show a 22.95% increase this year, to 1.34 million.

This follows a huge fall in tourism following the economic downturn in Russia in 2014. 

But as  the Phuket Gazette reported: ‘The Russians are coming back.’

Now in sixth position, Chinese are the leading tourist market for Thailand with 9.92 million in 2017.

But Russians spend more per trip and the total spend is 105 billion Baht ($3.15 billion, 197 billion roubles) .

Per head Russians spend 78,358 Baht ($2,350, 147,365 roubles) per visit, slightly more than the British, Americans, and Japanese, according to the statistics. 

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